Loudoun United appeared to have some confidence following a 3-0 win over Louisville City Sunday night at Audi Field, and were heading to Georgia to face a Atlanta United side that was dour. They eventually withered in the Georgia heat, giving up two leads and eventually losing 4-2 in front of 1,019 at Fifth Bank Stadium.
Two D.C. United loanees started the scoring for Loudoun in the 14th minute, as Antonio Bustamante fed a ball through the middle to Gordon Wild, whose shot beat Brendan Moore for a 1-0 lead. This was short-lived as Atlanta’s Bienvenue Kanakimana received a Will Vint pass in the Loudoun box for an easy tying goal. A few minutes later, Moore received a George Bello backpass that Loudoun’s Kyle Murphy raced to meet. Moore tried to sent a ball downfield but it went off Kyle Decas for an own goal in the 24th minute. In the 28th, Kanakimana raced to a loose ball at the top of the Loudoun box and blasted a left footer to the right of a diving Calle Brown for another tie game.
Things stayed that way into the second half, when Kanakimana found his hat trick goal from a Decas pass, finding himself ahead of Connor Presley and in on Brown, who could only get part of Kanakimana’s shot before it found the net. Atlanta sealed the deal in the 87th minute as Loudoun’s John Murphy went to ground. Expecting a foul, many of Loudoun’s attackers played on while Atlanta continued, resulting in an odd man break and Jackson Conway putting a right footed shot between Brown’s legs for the 4-2 result, Atlanta’s first win since April 13.
Loudoun (5-9-4, 14th place/18) christen Segra Field with its first game next Friday against Charlotte.